[quote=Panis Angelicas]I’d like to know more about these…
Also, if Mormons are evangelizing door to door, is that considered “public discussion?” Would they be forbidden to discuss temple rituals with someone who they were trying to convert?
Can you give some examples of Temple rituals which mirror Masonic rituals?
The Mormon missionaries will teach about baptism for the dead and eternal marriage, both of which are performed in temples and neither of which is secret. What they will never mention is the “endowment” ceremony, which is the one that is masonic and is secret.
The pre-1990 version of the endowment is the one I am familiar with - I left the LDS Church in 1986. During my 11 years as a Mormon, I attended the temple 9 times that I can recall. There were more masonic elements at that time than there are in the current version.
Many of the most offensive parts of the endowment (e.g.: blood oaths; making fun of Christian clergy and saying they are employed by Satan, etc.) have been removed so as not to scare away the converts.
But the core of the endowment is still masonic:
The initiates are taught 4 hand grips, 4 hand signs and 4 passwords. The initiates are taught that these are necessary “to pass by the angels that stand as sentinels” at the entrance to heaven. In the pre-1990 version, the first 3 signs, grips and passwords were accompanied by “penalties” for revealing them to the uninitiated - throat slit from ear to ear, heart torn from the chest, and disemboweling, respectively. The penalties have reportedly been removed since 1990.
The initiates also wear a white outfit with a robe, a green apron and a cap which is exactly like the ones the Masons wear in their ceremonies.
Then the initiates are led to a veil. The temple worker knocks 3 times with a mallet, announcing that “Adam, having been faithful in all things, wishes to converse with the Lord through the veil”.
Then a male veil worker on the other side of the veil (who represents God) reaches his hand through a hole in the veil, and the initiate gives the grips and passwords to the veil worker on the other side of the veil.
The 4th grip and password was given “upon the 5 points of fellowship”, a close embrace with the veil worker. The “5 points” were also removed in 1990, partly because some female initiates felt uncomfortable with the physical intimacy of the “5 points of fellowship” with the male veil workers.
Once the grips and passwords have been given correctly, “God” pulls the initiate by the hand through the veil into the “celestial room”.
If you know anything about masonic ritual, you will recognize the elements that are (or were) similar.
Hope this helps,